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VW BADGE 105MM SELF ADHESIVE CHROME LOGO EMBLEM FRONT REAR ALL MODELS - VW105B
VW BADGE 105MM SELF ADHESIVE CHROME LOGO EMBLEM FRONT REAR ALL MODELS - VW105B

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Forget it ..., 10 Oct. 2013
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This badge does not fit all VW models.

I have a Mk5 Golf and I wanted to cover the rear badge, which has the dreaded 'white worm' water infiltration problem - wasn't even close to fitting.

This is a totally flat plastic badge and quite cheap looking. On newer cars, the badges are slightly spherical and larger.

My search for a solution to the VW badge de-lamination problem goes on.


Stewart Lee - Carpet Remnant World [DVD]
Stewart Lee - Carpet Remnant World [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stewart Lee
Price: £18.44

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious ramblings, 18 Dec. 2012
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Although I'm more partial to a nice Shag, there's a lot to be said for his thick-weave Axminster.

A competent tapestry weaver.


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marshall MS2 Mini Amp, 17 April 2012
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I originally purchased this as a novelty item, thinking that it would just look good on a shelf, but it turned-out to be an extremely good practice amplifier.
You could also use it for a small scale street-performance. It has a metal clip on the back, which slots neatly over your belt and is reasonably loud when you crank it up.

The biggest plus for me was the fact the it really does sound like a Marshall - even with Overdrive Distortion turned-on, there is no unnatural buzzing that you sometimes get with cheap amps.

I have two slight niggles with it though:

It doesn't have a reverb and sometimes the sound can seem a little dry. If you have an effects unit, this isn't a problem.

It doesn't come with a power unit. There is a battery slot in the back that will take one of those rectangular 9 volt batteries, but ... "get this"... the slot is too small for a rechargeable battery. I purchased an Energizer 9V Recharge battery and it simply will not fit into the rear slot. A standard non-rechargeable 9V battery will however.
Strange...very strange.

Overall, I am pleased with it.


Work! Consume! Die!
Work! Consume! Die!
by Frankie Boyle
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My kind of scum., 19 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Work! Consume! Die! (Hardcover)
If you think the world around you is absurd and just plain wrong, then this nihilistic-existentialist book provides a welcome catharsis to your hellish existence.

Conversely, if you read and enjoy the Daily Mail and write letters to Ofcom, which complain about the profane vernacular of BBC panel shows, then reading this book will make your head explode, whilst simultaneously smashing you through the space-time continuum.

Not every joke lands, but most of them do.

Frankie is one of the funniest comedians in the UK, which is probably why he's not allowed on television any more.


OpenGL 4.0 Shading Language Cookbook
OpenGL 4.0 Shading Language Cookbook
by David Wolff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OpenGL 4.0 Shading Language Cookbook, 29 Nov. 2011
Title: OpenGL 4.0 Shading Language Cookbook
Author: David Wolf
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd.
ISBN: 9781849514767
Pages: 340

Review submitted 29th November 2011

Before delving into the brave new world of OpenGL 4.0 fragment shaders, make sure that your graphics card can support them.

Supported Cards include: Nvidia GeForce 400, 500 series, ATI Radeon HD 5000, 6000 series

Essentially, this book is aimed at the intermediate to advanced C\C++ programmer, who also has experience with the implementation of fixed-function OpenGL applications, and who wishes to transition into the more direct GPU control-code, which shaders provide.

The book contains clear and concise examples of OpenGL code and it makes frequent reference to a couple of external libraries - GLEW and the GLM (mathematics library). The main IDE seems to be Nokia's Qt Creator, which is a strange choice, given that most professionals are probably using Visual Studio with GLUT.

If what I've just written makes no sense to you whatsoever, then this is not the book for you.
It is very 'programmer-centric', covering not just the shaders, but how you bind and interface with them via your main application code. Although for artists like myself, who have a programming background, it is the ideal reference (or should I say recipe) book.

In chapter one, the author eases you into the subject by demonstrating how to create a basic OpenGL application with the additional libraries previously mentioned. I found this a bit tricky because I wasn't use to Qt Creator.

Chapter two introduces the reader to the fundamentals of the GLSL methodology, explaining the difference between vertex and fragment shaders and how they fit within the OpenGL pipeline. This section also refers to the basic shading algorithm of the old fixed-function model as a way of learning about the new shader-based model.

Subsequent chapters develop the simple application into more complex examples, covering topics like; Lighting and Shading Effects, Textures, Cube Mapping, Normal Maps, Screen Space Filters, Gaussian Blur, Bloom, Deferred Shading, Shadow Maps, Geometry and Tessellation Shaders.

Pros:
1. Clear and concise example code
2. Very detailed written explanations, including the original mathematics
3. The structure of the chapters eases you into the more advanced topics
4. Impressive coverage of virtually every topic in shader-based real-time rendering

Cons:
1. Programmer-centric (not for the pure video game artist)
2. Nokia's Qt Creator was probably not the best choice of IDE for the example code

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


USB Guitar Link Cable Plug in and Play Guitar Cable for PC Computer Recording Mac MacBook Recording USB Guitar Interface
USB Guitar Link Cable Plug in and Play Guitar Cable for PC Computer Recording Mac MacBook Recording USB Guitar Interface
Offered by Mass Global™
Price: £13.49

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this like the plague!, 11 May 2011
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The USB Guitar Link unit is by far the worst thing that I've ever purchased on Amazon.

First of all, it's a nightmare to install and configure, because it conflicts with your existing sound card.

When you make a change in the settings menu, you have to close the program, then reboot the computer to see what effect that had on its operation.

Most of the time, it failed to acknowledge that my guitar was even plugged-in.

When I finally got it to process my guitar, it sounded terrible. There was an enormous delay from when you hit a string and then hear the sound. You can alter the sampling frequency, but the delay is still ridiculously long - making the thing utterly useless.

I contacted the manufacturer - Native Instruments Gmbh (I think they're German) and they were no help whatsoever.

Avoid this thing like the plague.

My PC Spec:
Pentium Dual Core 2.93 Ghz
nVidia GeForce 9500 GTX
Realtek HD Sound Card
3 GB of SDRAM
Windows Vista Ultimate


ASUS P5N-D MOTHERBOARD
ASUS P5N-D MOTHERBOARD

4.0 out of 5 stars ASUS P5N-D Motherboard, 26 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: ASUS P5N-D MOTHERBOARD (Accessory)
I purchased this motherboard as a replacement for my old ASUS P5N-SLI board, which had stopped working.

It was very easy to install, with minimum effort. The instruction manual is very straight-forward.

I took a photograph of all of the connections to my old board and then just copied it for the new board.

The most noticeable improvement is the sound quality of the built-in Realtek HD chipset.

The supplier was NordPC based in Germany. It took 10 days from the order-date to the delivery-date in the United Kingdom.


König USB LED Light - notebook light
König USB LED Light - notebook light
Offered by fortunemart-uk
Price: £1.46

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laptop USB Light, 29 Dec. 2010
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This is one of the cheapest items I've purchased from Amazon and it's one of the best.
It is a simple and elegant laptop accessory, made from what looks like chrome-metal.
Very useful if you have to give powerpoint presentations in a dark room.
It has no on/off switch, you just plug it into a spare USB slot.
It is flexible enough to position the light at practically any angle and stiff enough to remain in that position.


Dell Inspiron 8200 AC Adapter 18-20v 90W replaces original part number 6G356
Dell Inspiron 8200 AC Adapter 18-20v 90W replaces original part number 6G356
Offered by Clones UK_1
Price: £20.40

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dell Inspiron Power Adapter Replacement, 29 Dec. 2010
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The adapter is an exact copy of the original Dell part.
It doesn't seem to get as hot as the older version.
On the down-side however, when you boot-up the Inspiron, you will get the following Bios warning message:
"WARNING: 70 Watt AC Adapter detected. System will not be capable of running in full performance mode without a 90 Watt AC Adapter.
Press F1 to continue booting in battery optimized mode"
You should ignore this, because the adapter is a 90 Watt unit. Unfortunately, you cannot get rid of the warning message.
You will have to press F1 every time you boot the computer.
Apparently the problem is caused by the Dell Motherboard Bios and not the adapter.
A Bios update might solve it, but I didn't want to risk it.


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